This week, I’m continuing the occasional “How to Write” series with a look at the power of an essay’s conclusion. English teacher friends, here is the three-sentence formula that often turns a B+ essay into an A- in my classroom:

Click here to download the conclusion paragraph lecture slides and handout featured in the video (free, designed for middle school and high school students):
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Write-a-Conclusion-Paragraph-FREE-Slides-Handout-Model-Conclusions-3462619

Click here to view the previous video on introductory paragraph writing (free):
https://laurarandazzo.com/2017/10/14/four-step-introductory-paragraph-format/

“The Scarlet Ibis” lesson materials (paid):
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Scarlet-Ibis-James-Hurst-3-day-lesson-lit-analysis-writing-tasks-CCSS-683570

Argument Essay writing unit (paid):
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Argumentative-Essay-Writing-Argument-Writing-How-to-Guide-Topics-Rubric-CCSS-1630110

Teach on, everyone!

Join the conversation! 8 Comments

  1. Hi Laura! Do you have any materials for body paragraphs? Thanks!

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  2. Ack, Michelle! That set is one I haven’t yet found the time to build. Believe me, when/if I ever can find the time, I’ll build and announce those materials here on the blog and YouTube. Time is just not my friend these days…

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  3. Hi Laura, do you have an example of this for an SAT-style essay? Thanks! 🙂

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  4. Hi, Kelsi,
    Sorry, I don’t, but I know the main pattern will still hold true for deconstructing an argument. You might also want to dig into the College Board’s sample scored essays. I found them super-helpful: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sample-questions/essay

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  5. I see. For restating the thesis at the end of a paragraph, would a student say something like:
    • “When one considers Bogard’s use of personal anecdotes, allusions, and rhetorical questions, it is clear that society should preserve natural darkness.”
    When one considers [3 rhet. devices], it is clear that [author’s main argument]

    Or should a student say something like:
    “When one considers Bogard’s use of personal anecdotes, allusions, and rhetorical questions, it is clear that he effectively builds his argument.”
    When one considers [3 rhet. devices], it is clear that [purpose]

    Thanks! 🙂

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  6. Definitely the second one, Kelsi!

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  8. Sorry to disappoint, Booking Romania, but this is a tech question beyond my well of knowledge. I’ll recommend you turn this back on your developer or that you did into the WordPress operator’s forum. Best of luck to you!

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